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Plagiarism or just cheating?

It is neither plagiarism nor cheating. Plagiarism means presenting another person's intellectual contributions as your own. If sentence is in quotation marks and followed by [37], it is clearly not ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

AI tools such as Chat GPT are really helpful for language learners, in that they can quite reliably pick up grammatical errors and other problems, and (albeit with somewhat less accuracy) can even ...
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Will plagiarism software find my drafts in Overleaf?

I'm Tom and I work for Overleaf as a Support Manager. Overleaf does not make any data you have on Overleaf public, unless you explicitly choose so by enabling link-sharing and sharing the link on the ...
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Plagiarism or just cheating?

One of my requirements is no copy and pasting. Period. Including quotation marks and an inline citation does not get a student around this rule/instruction. I consider it to be plagiarism. It may be ...
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Plagiarism or just cheating?

This is not plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking credit for someone else's work. It is taking someone else's ideas and making the claim that they are the fruits of your own intellectual labor. ...
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Will plagiarism software find my drafts in Overleaf?

Overleaf doesn’t make any documents public. ArXiv hosts preprints, whereas Overleaf is an online LaTeX editor where the files owned by a user are secure and private, equivalent to how nobody from ...
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Should I preemptively confess after submitting work that was partially generated by ChatGPT?

Paraphrasing doesn't absolve you from plagiarism. You can plagiarize using none of the original words. Even if you had re written "in your own words" you would still be plagiarizing. If you ...
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How to handle reviewing a paper which I suspect has been generated by AI?

You seem to have sufficient reasons to reject the paper on its (de)merits, whether or not it was written by a bot. You can certainly tell the editor that you are suspicious. I doubt that the editor ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

No, this is not plagiarism. This was amply explained by the other answers, so let me instead address the question of which pieces of advice to acknowledge in your thesis. The dilemma I face is that ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

It's never plagiarism (although it might still be copyright infringement) if you tell the truth about what you're doing. So, if you're worried, in the second paper, say something like "the ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Here's how I have been dealing with it: make it harder for the students to cheat than not cheat. You can't stop them from cheating, but you can definitely tilt the balance to make cheating less ...
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Is it considered plagiarism if I implement a program by closely following a book?

As long as you give proper attribution, you are not plagiarizing. You could be violating copyright if you use code verbatim that is not licensed to you for the purpose you are using it, but it seems ...
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is this plagiarising an economic model

What you propose is not plagiarism, as long as you carefully cite the source of the material you are using. Clearly indicate what part of the work is yours. Building on previous work is what ...
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Is it plagiarism using an AI to do the bulk of my LaTeX?

Overall, no. The tool you use to write something hasn't got the same status as another author. I think it definitely would be treated differently if it was "found out". One thing, be careful ...
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My colleague took my teaching materials to use as their own. What should I do?

Everyone's got a different take on politics, including office politics, so for what it's worth: It's extremely common for members of the same department to share materials for a particular course. It ...
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Got roped into (what I’m pretty sure is) a scam conference. What now?

You can be plagiarized even if you never attend a scam conference The two concepts (plagiarism & scam conferences) are unrelated. This is because plagiarism is taking someone else's work and ...
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Is using content from publicly available sources (without alteration) for my own course material academic dishonesty?

What you propose to do is (probably) legal*, appropriate and common if done properly. Be sure you acknowledge the sources of all this found material. That will be a good lesson for your students. If ...
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Is Dumping PhD Work on a Junior Scientist a Form of Academic Misconduct? Who Should I Report it to?

The real variable here is whether Tango's advisor and committee are being deceived. What makes a professor (Tango's supervisor) accept such an arrangement, assuming he is aware of it? Impossible to ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Frame challenge: Is there a way to stop students from using a calculator in maths homework? It seems like the humanities are now encountering the problem which maths teachers faced when calculators ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

I think the common consensus is that, when properly used, AI is near impossible to detect. So the best you can do it make it so hard to use properly that most people won't bother. If the main goal is ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

If A points you to B and B is the originator of an idea that you use, then you need to cite B to avoid plagiarism, but not A. The idea didn't originate with A so you aren't using their ideas. They may ...
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Should I preemptively confess after submitting work that was partially generated by ChatGPT?

Although you seem to have shown some remorse for your actions, simply owning up to a dishonest act doesn't really give you the right to request how your assignment should be marked. Admitting fault to ...
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Is it plagiarism using an AI to do the bulk of my LaTeX?

A very interesting issue! Although I do pay a bit of attention to various tech advances, I was not aware that there was any mechanism/app/device that could convert handwritten to TeX. If any of my ...
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Found mistakes in my PhD application research proposal after acceptance

You seem to misunderstand plagiarism and maybe confuse it with copyright as many do. Paraphrasing, whether done closely or not isn't a guard against plagiarism. Only citation is. And if you have cited ...
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Colleague Plagiarizes Entire Course Content

Talk to your colleague. Not doing anything is ethically dubious, while talking to a superior escalates the issue. Besides, broadly speaking, when there's a dispute it's preferable to first talk to the ...
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Came across a very similar framework: what to do?

You do not need to "do" anything right now. Congratulations on publishing a paper that is attracting interest from other people in your field! If you publish more in this area, now that you'...
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Got roped into (what I’m pretty sure is) a scam conference. What now?

Do you have a supervisor? Have you discussed this with them or someone else at the university? Surely in the long run it's better to err on the side of being totally honest with them and explaining ...
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Is it bad to get 40% on TurnitIn?

40% is very high for body text, but that should exclude references and quotes for the obvious reasons you mention. There are options in TurnItIn for excluding the bibliography and quotes from the ...
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Is there a way to stop students using AI to generate essays?

Check the sources One of the known problems with generative AI is that they make up everything, often including reasonable fake citations. If you set limits on acceptable citations so that they can ...
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Is it Self-Plagiarism to paraphrase my own published work in my thesis without citation?

As @GeorgeSavva said in the comments, self-plagiarism is the practice of presenting your old work in a way that misleads people into thinking that it's new work. The main contexts in which the ...
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